Saturday
08
July
2017

“Shhh. Mum’s on Twitter.”

 

Writing in today’s Times about the trouble with all these devices which are stealing our time and our imagination and our attention… 

“I came across an interview with a neuroscientist recently whose daughter was asked: “What does your father do?” She said: “He replies to emails.” He was gutted. I know how he feels. When my son was asked at the age of five what I do for a living, he replied: “She goes on her computer.” I’m a writer and a comedian, but as far as my kids are concerned, I’m a professional technology user who gets paid to ignore them.

Maybe I’m an extreme case because I work from home, so there is no delineation between home and office life for me or for my three children, aged six, ten and thirteen. Does the six-year-old think I spend too much time on devices?

“Probably, yeah. On your phone and computer.””

Well done me. 

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